Chaeli Mycroft was born in Cape Town on 30 August 1994. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2015 with majors in Politics and Social Development and in December 2016 gained her Honors degree in Social Policy and Management. She is currently reading for an MPhil degree in Human Rights Law at UCT.
Chaeli is an internationally recognized ability activist having been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011, the Medal for Social Activism from the Nobel Peace Laureates in 2012 and in 2013 she accepted the World of Children Youth Award in New York.
On 3 September 2015 Chaeli became the first female quadriplegic to summit Mt Kilimanjaro. She also competes in wheelchair dancing on the international stage, is the first wheelchair athlete in 95 years to finish the iconic 89km Comrades Marathon and has completed 4 Cape Town Cycle tours.
Through teamwork you can accomplish anything. Chaeli believes in living a full and rich life. She is an adventurer, a conqueror of limitations and constantly seeks new ways of overcoming perceived barriers and boundaries.
The Chaeli Campaign
The Chaeli Campaign was founded in August 2004 by 5 girls between the ages of 6 and 12 to raise R20 000 for Chaeli Mycroft’s motorised wheelchair. They accomplished their mission in just 7 weeks by selling cards with their artwork on them. What started as a campaign to mobilise their sister and friend so that she could socialise more effectively and claim her life and independence in a more real way has culminated in a fully-fledged social justice foundation that provides a holistic range of services to support differently-abled catalysts of change. At the same time The Chaeli Campaign advocates for policy change and system reform to grow more ability-focused and inclusive communities. This foundation is based in Cape Town, South Africa, but has a global footprint with founder, Chaeli Mycroft (recipient of the 2011 International Children’s Peace Prize, 2012 Nobel Peace Laureates’ Medal for Social Activism and 2013 World of Children Youth Award), recognised as a powerful human rights defender and ability activist. Each year the lives of 7000+ direct beneficiaries are positively impacted through the 7 programmes run by The Chaeli Campaign, with Inclusive Education, Adaptive Sport and advocacy through Training and the Arts forming cornerstone projects.